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Subject: DS's dialemma Date: 12/24/2005 10:16 AM
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He graduated last May in engineering, took an intercorporate sales job with a small, (now he knows) struggling company. Facts:

1. Hard for the company to break into the industry, even though patented product undercuts competition with price and performance. Can't break through loyalty of potential customers to dominant competitor.
2. DS not supported by any PR budget, such as revamping website (#24 on Google), other forms of publicity with moderate cost. He's the only intercorporate sales person.
3. Previous, more experienced guy was fired because not doing enough. Now he suspects this is due to undercutting of sales by manufacturing manager (everyone's under one roof).
4. No performance reviews, except for a general impression that he was doing OK under the circumstances.

Recently he was put under probation with a letter accusing him of various kinds of misconduct, giving him 2 weeks to meet various objective performance goals, mostly met after one week. Probably won't rate unemployment (otherwise qualified) if fired under the terms of the letter.

A couple months ago, a paycheck was issued, and when DS didn't immediately pick it up right away due to a combination of inexperience and focus on the job, the boss destroyed the check--it took a month to get the money back.

DS feels that the job is not a good match, and that the company could go under. He is wondering whether he should meet the rest of the probation terms over next week (just a three day week, and he still may not meet all the probation terms), or level with the boss that the job is not a match to his personality, and that the company would be better served by looking for a replacement. In short, he wonders if it would be better to negotiate a layoff instead of a firing.
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